Essay Competition is currently closed

Essay Competition – Waving the Flag of Freedom

Submissions open July 19 – Sept. 21

Each year, Arizona high school students are offered the opportunity to recognize and honor a local veteran, writing an essay to flex their creative writing muscles for cash and other prizes. Even the teachers benefit!

Essays must be related to the current year’s parade theme:Waving the Flag of Freedom.

Winners receive:

  • Parade participation – winners ride on the Hall of Flame fire truck
  • Cash prizes to the 1st place winner in each grade, and their teacher for use in the classroom
  • Veterans Day commemorative items
  • Winning essays printed in the online parade program and HAV’s website after the event


  • Open to all students in grades 9-12 in the state of Arizona who are of high school age
  • Essays must be 300-500 words, and the creative writing is judged on correct grammar and spelling, originality, content and theme focus
  • Essays must be submitted online via the form below, which appears during the nomination period
  • Applicants are required to include the following:
    • student’s name, age and grade
    • student’s or parent’s email and phone
    • Teacher’s name and class
    • School name, address, and phone number

All submitted essays become the property of Honoring America’s Veterans. 


Submissions open July 19 – Sept. 21

We are not accepting entries at this time.